Las Vegas, NV – Meridian, Mississippi’s Talbert Goldman of Mike Goldman Customs was named Goodguys Trendsetter for 2018. The Goodguys Trendsetter Award is presented annually at the SEMA Show and recognizes rising talents in the hot rod and custom car scene.

Goldman’s story follows the old adage “Like father, Like son.”

From spending every evening in the shop with his dad Mike, to traveling hundreds of miles to car shows in the back seat of a ‘30 Model-A Ford, it was obvious Talbert had a big future in hot rodding.

At age 13, he was given his grandfather’s Studebaker truck to rebuild. After finishing the truck at age 15, and receiving his Mississippi learner’s permit at the same time, he and his dad drove the truck to events where it frequently found the winner’s circle.

After high school, things at Mike Goldman customs escalated. He rebuilt and restyled the same Studebaker truck again, but this time he took it to the next level and walked away with a huge win – Goodguys Truck of the Year-Early in 2013.

His parents Mike and Sherry took a take a step back and let Talbert spread his wings. With his drive, passion and “out-of-the-box” thinking, they made him the chief in charge of all operations at Mike Goldman Customs, Inc., leading his team to build the Goodguys 2014 Truck of the Year-Late, Goodguys 2015 Street Machine of the Year, and a multitude of other top industry award winners. His design and fabrication talents as well as his young age signify the future of hot rodding is in great hands.

All of this comes in addition to being a loving husband to his wife Jessica and a hot rod daddy to his baby girl Layla.

Past recipients of the Goodguys Trendsetter Award include Chip Foose, Troy Trepanier, Alan Johnson, Eric Peratt, Tim Strange, Dave Lane, Zane Cullen, Dean Livermore, Jesse Greening, Troy Ladd, J.F. Launier, Phil & Jeremy Gerber, Mike & Jim Ring, Curt Ukasik, Dave Kindig, Jonathan Goolsby & Josh Henning, Andy Leach, Troy Gudgel and Eric Brockmeyer.